Anita Borg Social Impact Award

Website: Anita Borg Institute


*This award is open to women whose work is making a positive impact on society as a whole, especially in underserved communities and developing nations.

The Social Impact Abie Award recognizes those making a positive impact on society as a whole via technology. Nominees may have developed technology that caused social change or empowered underrepresented peoples.



Selection Criteria

The award winner has helped create or implement a disruptive technology that expands opportunities for women and improves the quality of life within society. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  • Technology Impact on Society: What is the type and degree of social change created by the nominee’s technology
  • Technology Value and Growth Potential: Can the nominee continue to develop and expand the impact of the technology? What would be the ideal impact in 5 years and how does the nominee plan to get there?
  • Technical Role & Involvement: What has been the nominee’s level of involvement in developing or implementing the technology?
  • Impact on the Community of Women and Non-Binary Technologists: How has the nominee deliberately acted to increase women and non-binary’s impact, representation, and effectiveness in technology?
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

You will need to submit:

  • Two letters of reference from professional contacts of the nominee
    • Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context.
  • The nominee’s biography (maximum of 500 words)
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Landscape orientation high resolution photograph of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)

Award Prizes

  • The recipient is honored at Grace Hopper Celebration and invited to the Abie Award Ceremony on the Mainstage at GHC.
  • The award winner will also have a few speaking engagements throughout GHC on their work and accomplishments.
  • Trip to GHC (Includes lodging, GHC registration, and a stipend for travel and expenses during the event)
  • Additionally, recipients will receive $15,000.
Contact Information


Please contact Tina Pratt.